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    • Headlines

      Panel discusses the right not to join a union as part of National Employee Freedom Week

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 18, 2014

      National Employee Freedom Week is an effort that includes dozens of state-based organizations and is led by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) and the Association of American Educators.

    • Headlines

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

    • Headlines

      States with budget surpluses may not really be in the black

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | July 17, 2014

      State Budget Solutions tracks the claimed surpluses of state budgets and explains why there is more than meets the eye.

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      Showdown in the west: Federal lands put state budgets at risk

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | June 16, 2014

      On June 11, Carl Graham, director of the Coalition for Self-Government in the West (CSG-W), told an audience at Americans for Tax Reform that the financial future of the western United States is being jeopardized by federal ownership over large swaths of land. 

    • Headlines

      States Push Annual Park Passes to Raise Revenue

      Stateline | by Sandy Johnson | May 23, 2014

      As the Memorial Day holiday opens the 2014 summer vacation season, state parks have had to get creative about ways to raise money because budget officers are being chintzier with tax revenue.

    • Headlines

      Revenues in half the states still haven't recovered

      The Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | May 20, 2014

      In 26 states, revenues today are lower than they were at their early-recession peak, according to a new Pew analysis.

    • Headlines

      Fitch: State pension plans' funding climbs in 2013 despite low contributions

      Pensions & Investments | by Rob Kozlowski | May 15, 2014

      While the funding ratios of U.S. state defined benefit pension plans improved in fiscal year 2013, significant challenges remain, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

    • Headlines

      At least 7 states are expected to miss their budget forecasts this year

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | May 9, 2014

      All but seven states are expected to meet or beat budget forecasts by the time this fiscal year is over, according to a survey of state legislative fiscal officers in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    • Headlines

      Richard Ravitch: State fiscal crises aren't over

      Newsday | by Michael Gormley | April 25, 2014

      Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who helped New York City escape bankruptcy 40 years ago, warned Wednesday that the fiscal crisis isn't over in New York and other states, despite election year plans to cut taxes and spend more.

    • Headlines

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

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    • Budget timeline: Annual  

      Fiscal Year starts: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      UT Gov. Herbert

      Gov. Gary Herbert
      Office of Governor Gary R. Herbert
      State Capitol
      Suite 200
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114
      Phone: (801) 538-1000
      Fax: (801) 538-1557



      Ron Bigelow, Executive Director
      Governor's Office of Planning & Budget
      State Capitol, Room 116
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114
      Phone (801) 538-1027
      Fax (801) 538-1547 



      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


      Utah is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article 13, Section 9 of the 1895 Constitution states that expenditures shall not exceed total revenues. Section 63-38-10(3) requires the governor to reduce the budgetary allotments and transfer of funds by the amount of the revenue deficiency. These provisions did not prevent the State from reporting budget deficits (negative net transactions) on the last three years' Budgetary Comparison Schedules. Utah law also forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.


      For FY2007, the State maintains the following funds: the General Fund, the Education Fund, the Uniform School Fund, the Transportation Fund, the Transportation Investment Fund, and the Trust Lands Fund. The State also maintains a number of non-major governmental funds, but the exact amount is unclear. For FY2006, the state maintains all of the previously named governmental funds except for the Education Fund. For FY2005, the State maintains the following funds: the General Fund, the Uniform School Fund, Transportation Fund, the Centennial Highway Fund, and the Trust Lands Fund.


      Each year, Utah budgets all of its major governmental funds, except for the Trust Lands Fund. Utah's CAFR also contains detail schedule of expenditures for all of its budgetary funds. In other states this has lead to confusion and the double counting of information. However, Utah's detail schedules are labeled clearly.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.


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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • Solutions

      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: Utah

      File Subsidies: If you don't build it, they'll still come

      The Sutherland Institute | November 3, 2011

      The state should stop offering targeted tax subisidies to favored film companies and in stead reduce taxes for all businesses to help level the playing field and promote economic growth.

    • Solutions: Utah

      Utah: A Case Study for Pension Reform

      Defined contributions are a potential solution to states' unsustainable pension liabilities.